5 Things I learnt editing Issue 63
1.To think about waste in the wider context
Reading Féidhlim Harty’sTowards Zero Waste: How to Live a Circular Life, published by Permanent Publications, I was inspired to think what actually happens to waste and what really is the most efficient way to transport or store something – it might be plastic? The book is not just about becoming zero waste but about reflecting on wider issues such as supply chain and food miles. I loved how this book taught me to think and encouraged me not to be afraid to speak out; I started to ask questions in shops and queried why plastic hangers were being recycled when it would be much more efficient to simply reuse them. It’s full of ideas to make changes that should not feel like insurmountable burdens.
2. To have a go at speaking another language
I’m not confident at learning languages, so I was interested in the approach of Kate Hamilton from Babel Babies who is interviewed in the Autumn issue by Lucy Shrimpton. Kate says that children are the most natural linguists and can learn lots through song and game. I liked her approach that language is cross curricular. Lots to reflect on!
3. To listen
Reading Milli Hill’s Give Birth Like a Feminist (published by HarperCollins) and Emma Svanberg’s Why Birth Trauma Matters (published by Pinter and Martin), I was struck by how much hurt could be avoided if women were listened to and their choices respected. And how this approach should be taken far wider, across all areas of life. At a time of conflict and chaos, this has made me think that just stopping to listen is such a key step in understanding.
4. To think again about clothes
There is so much to think about when it comes to sustainability, but one thing I’m clear about is that I’m not keen on fast fashion! We do not need to keep buying clothes and throwing them out each “season”. What I love about my clothes are the favourites I return to again and again. Jo Salter reminded me how fashion can be environmentally damaging and gives us all ideas to reduce our impact.
5. To be inspired by teenagers
Preparing the Page for Young People I read You Can Change the World! Everyday Teen Heroes Making a Difference Everywhere by Margaret Rooke, published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. In the book more than 50 teenagers tell their stories of what they are campaigning for or working towards, and why. I was really inspired by their creativity, resilience and determination. It was a great reminder that teenagers – and technology – are not all bad!!